If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you know you need help (or your parents are trying to convince you to agree to therapy). In my experience, most teenagers who pursue therapy are self-aware and motivated to change. Notice I did not say “talkative” or “excited.”
One of the more frequent questions I get from teenagers who are just starting out in therapy is, “What am I supposed to talk about?” My answer is usually, “Whatever you want!” Until you and I have had a chance to build a trusting and safe relationship, you may not feel comfortable talking to me about your personal problems. Ok, no biggie! I will not pressure you to talk about ANYTHING you don’t feel ready to address. We will get to know each other first, and then you can decide if therapy (with me) is going to work for you. Deal?
Here’s how we’ll work together:
- If you are 17 or younger, you need a parent or guardian to accompany you to at least the first appointment. The intake session is low-key: I talk for a bit, you may talk for a bit, your parent(s) or guardian may talk for a bit, we may meet alone for a few minutes, and then we make a plan for the next handful of appointments. I have a casual style and like to see teenagers feel comfortable. Oh yeah, we also have to fill out some paperwork (a necessary evil).
- If you are 18 or older, you can attend the first session on your own if you’d like. You can also come with your parent or guardian if you’d rather have them join.
- Follow up appointments are usually weekly, sometimes two times a week if you are really struggling. We can talk about that.
- If you aren’t convinced that I am the right person for you – call me! I am happy to chat on the phone for a few minutes so that you can get a better idea of my style. You can also email me HERE if that works better.